cardamom and coffee custards

  • 2 cups (500ml) single (pouring) cream
  • 8 cardamom pods, bruised+ 
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee 
  • 6 egg yolks 
  • ⅓ cup (60g) brown sugar 
  • double (thick) cream, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Place the cream, cardamom, vanilla and coffee in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. 
  2. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until thick and creamy. Pour the egg mixture into the cream mixture and whisk until well combined. Strain into a clean saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 4–5 minutes or until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. 
  3. Pour into 4 x ¾ cup-capacity (180ml) ovenproof ramekins. Place in a baking dish and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 15–20 minutes or just set. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Serve with cream. Makes 4.

+ Carefully bruise the cardamom pods with a pestle or a knife handle, taking care to point the blade away from you.

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